Minneapolis - The Dimension 3D Printing Group, a business unit of Stratasys Inc., has launched its fifth-annual "Extreme Redesign: The Ultimate 3D Printing Challenge." The Challenge is a global design and 3D printing contest for high-school and college students that awards scholarships to the winners. Over the past four years, more than 2,500 entries have been judged and 27 students have been awarded $40,000 in scholarships.
Dimension's Extreme Redesign contest calls on computer-aided-design (CAD) students worldwide to submit their most creative, useful, and innovative Extreme Redesigns. Whether it's a new perspective on an everydayproduct or a fresh vision for updating a famous piece of art, animation, or architecture, Dimension will award student winners $2,500 or $1,000 scholarships based on their design's creativity, usefulness, part integrity, and aesthetics. Dimension also will award teachers of the three first placestudent winners a laptop computer for use in the classroom.
This year's contest will include a video-entry option, allowing students in all categories to submit a 30-second description of their design, along with their .stl file and submission form. As an alternative to the video, students can submit a 200-word description of their design.
"As we celebrate the fifth anniversary of this contest, it is gratifying to look back at the contest's evolution," says Jon Cobb, vice president and general manager of 3D printing for Stratasys. "Last year's addition of the art and architecture category, along with this year's video submission option, are two recent examples of how we continue to expand the creative opportunities available to our talented pool of contestants. We look forward to continued progress in our mission to promote design and engineering careers through the contest."
To enter the high-school or university engineering categories, students need to identify an existing product and redesign it, making the original design better by adding new functionality or aesthetic qualities. For submissions in the art and architecture category, the emphasis should be on originality and the overall beauty or aesthetic of the design. Once the design is complete, students send an .stl file of their Extreme Redesign, a completed submission form and a 200-word description or 30-second video conveying the value and benefit of the Extreme Redesign partvia Dimension's Web site. Final submissions must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2009.
A panel of independent judges from various industries will judge final entries on the basis of creativity, usefulness, part integrity, and aesthetics. Winners will be selected in April 2009 and will receive $2,500 or $1,000 scholarships. Complete contest rules and submission information is available at www.dimensionprinting.com/education/extremeredesign.shtml